John Dingell Fractures Hip

John Dingell and Debbie Dingell last month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
John Dingell and Debbie Dingell last month. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Posted December 13, 2014 at 3:11pm

The Dean of the House, retiring Rep. John Dingell, fractured his hip and will not be able to travel for weeks, according to his wife Debbie.  

The Michigan Democrat and longest-serving congressman of all time was admitted to George Washington University Hospital Friday for observation.  

Debbie Dingell, who will succeed her husband in January, posted on Facebook thanks for prayers for her husband and said it had been “a rough 24 hours.”

“Everyone knows how stubborn he is and by sheer grit and determination he wasn’t going to miss his last days in the House of Representatives especially on issues of such vital importance to everyone, but he hasn’t been well. Turns out, he has a hairline hip fracture from that fall he took last week which he walked around on for a couple days before it was discovered. Thankfully, no surgery is needed but it’s going to take time to heal. We are in the process of figuring things out but it will be a few weeks before they will allow him to travel.”

She said that Dingell will not able to make the dedication of a train station and wants her husband to be at her side when she is sworn in Jan. 6th.